Book Reviews of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative

A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative
A Whack on the Side of the Head How You Can Be More Creative
Author: Roger von Oech
ISBN-13: 9780446391580
ISBN-10: 0446391581
Publication Date: 4/1/1990
Pages: 196
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Warner Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Roger von Oech's classic on creativity. Very visual with lots of illustrations. It was a little too "business-y" for my creative self, but if you're coming at it from that angle you might really like it.
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Helpful when brainstorming by yourself...
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Some good ideas.
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I read this because Mark Rosewater (of Magic the Gathering fame) recommended it in a number of his podcasts.

It's sort of a self-help book for people who want to be more creative. Or a study in the whys and wherefores of creativity. And if you're truly in a position where constantly reinventing your approach to become essentially institutionally (or even industrially) creative, this book has a lot of great approaches.

For the rest of us... It's nice to look back on when we're stumped about stuff, I suppose... But I'm not certain I take anything away from it directly. Maybe the next time I'm stumped on something it'll help, but in all honesty, it's been quite a while since I've been that kind of stumped. Perhaps rather than "more creative", what I truly desire in my own projects is "more artistry", which this book doesn't really address.

Anyway: it's got some nifty thoughts. It'll sit in the back of my mind for a while, and I probably won't trade the book away, so that I can come back to it in the future. It spoke truth, not shyster-ism, to me.

3 of 5 stars.
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Teaches how to think outside the box. Wild!
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How to be a smarter thinker, student, businessperson, conversationalist. A lot of good intelligent advice about what goes on in one's mind when called upon to think. Some humor, fun illustrations, bright light bulbs. Trade paperback. Author Roger von Oech, Ph.D., is (1990) president of Creative Think, a consulting firm conducting creativity seminars for major corporations and organizations.